Billie Eilish’s ‘Bellyache’ gets taken to new dimensions with this Marian Hill remix
Young gun BILLIE EILISH has made one of the biggest musical splashes of 2017 thus far. Her lyricism and soulful vocal prowess extend way beyond her young years as demonstrated in debut tune, ‘Bellyache’. It’s an emotionally powerful, guitar-driven affair with haunting synths underlaying such lyrics as “Where’s my mind? / Maybe it’s in the gutter / Where I left my lover / What an expensive fate.”
Now, Billie Eilish and her stunning debut have gotten a complete and utter rework thanks to MARIAN HILL. Marian Hill, if you’re unlucky enough to not know already, are a two-piece from Philadelphia that have worked with the likes of Big Sean and Lauren Jauregui (of Fifth Harmony fame). Their style is synth laden and staccato, showing no shyness towards using snappy beats and minimalist melodies to make their tracks as attention grabbing as possible.
The two forces have now collided in the form of this powerhouse remix of ‘Bellyache.’ Giving the song the quintessential Marian Hill spin, the once guitar-strummed verses have morphed into distorted, ominous synths giving Billie Eilish a sense of danger and an unshakeable coolness about her. The chorus has been transformed into soaring, booming synth-fest before dropping into a sonic world of distortion and drowning bass that only Marian Hill could conjure.
Of the original song, Billie Eilish explains how fiction plays a big role in not only this song but her writing process altogether. “You can write a song about being in love with someone, but you don’t have to be in love with anyone,” she said. “You can write a song about killing someone, but you don’t have to have killed people. ‘Bellyache’ is about doing one of those things but it’s mostly about regret and guilt. Becoming a character can be really fun; to put yourself in a place you would never really be.”
True to form, this song has now been taken places not even Billie Eilish could imagine and Marian Hill have more than done this tune justice.